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VIDEO: Woman drives under the influence with toddler on board

Posted at 10:10 PM, Aug 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-19 22:10:02-04

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WPEC/CNN) - Newly released dash cam video shows the arrest of a woman who had been driving erratically with a toddler inside the vehicle.

An attentive tow truck driver stayed on the phone with an emergency dispatcher in Palm Beach County until deputies arrived. Sirens blared and a woman pulled over.

The officer talked to the driver, Brandy Lerma, for nearly 20 minutes. Backup arrived, and a toddler was taken out of Lerma’s car.

Then came the sobriety test. First, the officer asked her to follow his pen with her eyes, but she stumbled to the side. Next. she was instructed to walk down the white line. She failed that test, and another. She admitted she’d a couple of shots of Fireball, a particularly potent brand of cinnamon whisky.

Lerma was cuffed and hauled off to the slammer. Then, things got worse.

“I will kill you,” Lerma is seen screaming as she kicks the backseat of the cruiser. “I will kill you!”

The officer told her, “Stop kicking my car,” to which she replied, “I don’t care!”

But there was one thing she did appear to care about.

“Who is taking care of my child?” she screamed.

In addition to the DUI, Lerma also faces a charge of child abuse.

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